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Lighthouse Keepers

lighthouse keepers pose in front of Tawas Lighthouse on a sunny summer day.

Lighthouse Keepers

Become a Lighthouse Keeper

Immerse yourself in history and become a Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper. For just $250 per person, you'll live along the Lake Huron shoreline in an historic lighthouse keeper's dwelling. Enjoy modern accommodations, including two bedrooms that can sleep four adults, a fully equipped kitchen, a shower and bath. Free parking is also provided. The keeper schedule is designed to allow time to enjoy recreational activities on your own while providing valuable volunteer services.

The lighthouse is located inside Tawas Point State Park, located at 686 Tawas Beach Road in East Tawas, Mich.

Lighthouse keepers will help greet visitors, lead tours, provide information and perform basic facility maintenance, such as sweeping, removing trash, and thoroughly cleaning the living quarters upon departure. The total commitment is about 35 hours per two weeks.

The Lighthouse Keeper Program takes place every two weeks mid-May through mid-October. Keepers apply in teams of four. Team members must be 18 years old and able to climb 85 steps. 

A volunteer training will take place in March via Zoom. Training materials will be emailed to successful applicants.

2024 applications

  • Applicants must apply in teams of four.
  • Each team member must complete their own application.
  • A $10 non-refundable application fee applies to each applicant.
  • Applications must be submitted using the online form. 

Applications are now open!

Apply to the Keeper Program

Application deadline is Saturday, February 17 at 11:59 p.m.

More info

Contact DNR-TawasKeepers@Michigan.gov for more information.